For the fourth time this year, Patrick Reed has Monday qualified for a PGA TOUR event. The former Augusta State golf product fired a 7-under 65 at Gillette Golf Club in Bloomfield, Conn. to earn medalist honors and a spot into this week’s Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands.
Reed’s 2012 success includes making the cut in his first three events this season (Valero Texas Open, Zurich Classic of New Orleans and Wells Fargo Championship) before missing the weekend at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Tim Petrovic, winner of the 2005 Zurich Classic, qualified by shooting a 67 with his father Bob as his caddy. The elder Petrovic is a former employee at Gillette Golf Club while Tim was a teammate of Patrick Sheehan and Jerry Kelly at the University of Hartford. Petrovic’s best finish in eight starts this year came in late February in the Mayakoba Golf Classic where he tied for 16th.
James Hazen, a 30-year-old who played collegiate golf at nearby Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and former Rhode Island golfer Michael Carbone, 31, secured the final two qualifying spots by defeating Bret Staigmaier on the first playoff hole after all shot 68s.
Hazen will be teeing it up for the first time on the PGA TOUR, while Carbone is looking to make the cut for the first time in three career PGA TOUR starts — the last coming in 2009 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.